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Garbage, heroes and more

This week, Pulse publishes reader response to some of our past topics.

"Hello, friends. How are you? We need to gather together and clean up that litter. Make the school clean and professional." — Jake Bass, Viewmont

About trimming the education budget, we got several responses, including this one: "I think that we could cut how much the school pays for school lunch. Or they could raise the price of lunch by 25 cents. We could cut cooking, ceramics, German and some EdNet courses. By making class sizes a little larger, we could also teach more students with less teachers. Just some suggestions." — Nate Squires, Mountain Crest High School

Another Viewmont student had an opinion on the superhero discussion: "I am typing an e-mail in response to the article about teens' favorite superheroes and I would just like to say that Storm is indeed the best superhero. But I can't exclude her colleagues, the X-Men. My friends and I think X-Men are so cool that for our Halloween dance, our group dressed up like X-Men, and I'll bet you can't guess who I was? Storm, of course! So when I read your article and saw that so many people supported X-Men, I thought I would do my duty and support my favorite superhero as well." — Lindsey Spjute, Viewmont

On the topic of garbage in the hallways, two students from Viewmont High School wrote in: "Hey, I think we should have some kid to tell other kids to pick up trash." — David Haun, Viewmont High School

Then there was the article on swearing in the halls: "Texas is the best. (But) here, there is way too much cussing. Utah is like a haven compared to the stuff you hear here." — Gloria Daniels, Westwood High School, Austin, Texas

"Basically, what I think of swearing is that it is immature, and I really don't like it. I used to have a saying that went like this: 'No French around Natalie.' ('French' meaning swearing.) It was cool because no one swore around me, and if they did, then I would say that quote. When people swear, I think so much less of them than I did before. I can't think of a reason why anyone would want to swear, let alone hear it. When people swear, I ask them to not ever swear around me again, and they don't, which is cool. I appreciate it. Once someone swears, you get it stuck in your head the rest of the day, and I don't want swear words in my mind." — Natalie Archibald, Viewmont

Last fall, we ran interviews with teens about their favorite pranks, and our responses included: "My second cousin and his friends (remaining anonymous) once let loose bags full of crickets in the halls of their school. This wouldn't have been so bad, but it was yearbook day and everybody was in the halls. It was pretty funny to watch." — Melinda Schults, Olympus High School

If you are a high school student in Utah and have an opinion on any Pulse topic, please send an e-mail to or write to the Deseret News, attention: Susan Whitney.